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Photographer John Lund flips his wig in this humorous self portrait and stock photo.
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Stock Photo ArticleCreating A Conceptual/Fine Art Stock Photo with Adobe PhotoshopPicture of the Devil - Creating a Stock PhotoFire Breathing DragonsConceptual Stock Photography - Sell Stock PhotosShooting People and Location Stock Photos AbroadRoyalty Free - Rights Managed - Micro Stock - Stock Photography PricingHindu Gods - The Hindu God Ganesha - Picture and StoryStock Photos…the Highest Form of Commercial PhotographyPictures of Dog Breeds - Shooting Stock Photos of Miniature PoodlesDominatrix Pictures - Photo Shoot and PhotoshopFemale Photography - Photographing the Human BodyPicture of a Wrecking Ball Produced with Adobe Photoshop ToolsPictures of Cows - Being Creative Taking Pictures of a CowPictures of Lions - The King of BeastsTaking Pictures of the Great Wall of ChinaShooting Stock Photos in the Himalayas – A Travel Adventure Photo-ShootPictures of Snakes - Taking Stock Photos in Mumbai, IndiaGetting Started in Stock Photography: Choosing Your Stock Photo Equipment CorrectlyStock Photos - Selling and Marketing Your Stock Photo ImagesPictures of Money - Lots of Different Kinds of Money PicturesUsing Sailboat Stock Image and PhotoShop to Make a Unique New Hot Stock PhotoSelling Your Photos as Greeting CardsFunny Monkey Pictures - Stock Photos and Pictures of Monkeys or BaboonsTiger Pictures - Shooting a Tiger for StockStarting a Stock Photo CareerFilling Small Business Needs in Stock PhotographyCreating Stock Photos with Strategic AlliancesPhotography Tips from a Pro on Shooting in Low LightThe Power of PositiveFunny Pictures - Funny Pics of Animals and PeopleBumbles, Blunders and Bad Luck!Crowd sourcing, Micro Stock and MoneyCreating a Conceptual Photo ImageThe (Information) Road to Stock Photography SuccessUse Your Photo Shoot Estimate as a Selling ToolHow to Generate Effective Ideas for Stock PhotosBlend Images - A Modern Day Stock Agency Photo Success StoryTaking Pictures of Backgrounds For Producing Great Stock PhotosHow to Shoot Successful Lifestyle Stock PhotosDiversify Your Stock Photo Business - Selling Photos on Mugs, T Shirts, and Printed Merchandise!Beginner Photography Tips - Understanding the Role of ApertureFive Quick Tips For Great Pet PhotographyTurning Doctor Visits Into Hot Selling Medical Stock PhotosSelling Stock Photos to the Largest Market of AllCreating A Successful Concept Stock PhotoChoosing the Right Stock Photo for Your Small BusinessMaking A Living At Stock PhotographyChoosing the Right Concept Stock Photo For Your BusinessHandshake Pictures and Images in Advertising and Business CommunicationsBeautiful and unusual Pictures of Lighthouses and Lighthouse Images with Beacons and Stormy SeasAnimal AnticsMotion FootageMassage Cats ArticleJohn's Galleries of unique stock picturesJohn's Stock Photo ArticlesFunny Pictures Of AnimalsPictures of Cute Cats Doing Funny ThingsFunny Pictures of Elephants Doing Extraordinary Things! Flying elephants, Disco ElephantsFunny Animals - Pictures of funny animals like cats, dogs, cows, and MoreFunny Dogs - Cute Puppies - Cute Dog Pictures - The Funniest Pictures on the Net.
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Picture of a Sumo Wrestler as a Trapeze Artist showing teamwork, challenge, adversity and the impossible with drama, impact and humor. A huge sumo wrestler is about to be caught, or not, by a flying trapeze artist. Sumo wrestler pics. Stock shot of a lion trainer (or tamer) putting his head in a Lion's Mouth representing trust, danger, risk, challenge and, perhaps, foolishness. Lion tamer pics.An angry lion looks down on the scared and frightened man sitting next to him in a waiting room, a photo about fear, competition and dominance. Man is Asian.A businessman and business woman are working at a desk in the middle of a busy freeway. Cars are zipping by at high speed, causing the woman's hair to blow and papers to fly off of the desk.A businessman is seen plunging over a waterfall in a barrel in a concept stock photo about risk, adversity and adventure. Picture of  a crazy stunt.Photo of a businessman looking at his watch as a falling piano is about to land on him crash down from above when its rope breaks.A Latino family including the father, mother, son and daughter, are walking on a tightrope illustrating the challenges facing modern families.Funny picture of crocodiles snapping  illustrating business risk.Hilarious photo of a woman about to grapple (wrestle) with an alligator in an office at work. Picture of a woman wrestling alligators.A businesswoman has her ear to the railroad tracks listening for an oncoming train, oblivious to the steam locomotive quickly approaching; A stock photo about awareness.A steam locomotive is speeding over a railroad trestle that has collapsed in this mountain train scene of impending disaster.A mountain biker is frozen in mid-flight as he attempts to jump on his bike from one cliff edge to another as the sun sets behind him.

Pictures of risk could include, a piano falling on an unsuspecting pedestrian, someone going over a waterfall in a barrel, or walking a tightrope .

Animals make great symbols of risk, picture alligators, lions, tigers, and other dangerous animals.

Photos Of Risk

Risk is something we all face and all wrestle with. How do we best understand and prepare for the risks, large and small, that face us in both everyday life and in the business world? Another question, one that interests me a great deal, is how do we portray risk in a way that is both compelling and yet not overbearing? I have set out to answer that question in a collection of photos depicting risk in a humorous light, pictures of risk that can be used by insurance companies, financial institutions, public service organizations or any other entities that offer help in detecting, forecasting, understanding and dealing with risk.

 

Humor And Risk

I believe that when creating images of risk for use in advertising, promotional and editorial use, it is important to introduce humor. In doing so we accomplish several challenges. We make the images entertaining and just plain fun to look at. In this era of oversaturation with imagery and advertising communications and with the choice on whether to view advertisements or not as never before possible, it is vital that advertisers make their imagery enjoyable to view. By adding humor to our risk images we accomplish that goal. Adding humor has the additional value of increasing the likely hood that a viewer will share the image and possibly help it go “viral”. And finally, adding humor makes it much more likely a viewer will remember the image. Humor works.

 

Risk, Humor And Cliché’

Along with humor creating an image based on a cliché’ can be a very effective way to add impact, viewer enticement, and making a photo easier to remember over a long term. Because we are all familiar with cliché’s we tend to feel more at home with such images with the one caveat that they have to be created with a twist and with a high level of humor.  Doing so catapults an image from a boring cliché’ to an exciting visual that still retains the collective draw of a shared consciousness.

 

Functional Risk Photos

When creating photos of risk for commercial purposes it is important to create what I call “Functional Photos”. Functional photos are images that are interesting enough to capture a viewer’s attention, simple enough to be readable even at small sizes, flexible both in terms of cropping to all formats, and in having ample copy space for headlines and text. Can the image be used for a vertical magazine cover as well as for a horizontal billboard or banner ad? Can it be easily deciphered as a thumbnail on the Internet? Does it make a viewer smile involuntarily? If the answer to those questions is “yes”, then the image is a functional one and should do well in the marketplace.

 

Visual Symbols Of Risk

Animals make great symbols of risk. A man hanging from a rope over a tangle of leaping crocodiles or a lion trainer with his head in a lion’s mouth are both great examples of animals used to illustrate the concept of risk. Objects and even activities can work equally well. A piano falling on an unsuspecting pedestrian, flying trapeze with a Sumo wrestler, going over a waterfall in a barrel, or walking a tightrope are all examples of objects and activities that provide ample material for humorous risk pictures.

 

Business Risk, Personal Risk and Collective Risk

Our growing collection of risk photos includes business risk, personal risk and what I refer to as “collective” risk. In the best possible scenario a risk image will be included in all three of the above categories and the message will be tailored to the viewer by the headline. An example of such an image is one of a steam locomotive racing across a railroad trestle that has partially collapsed. The risk is readily apparent and can apply to any situation. A steam engine barreling down the tracks to certain doom is ingrained in all of us and has a fascination that compels us to look and curiosity requires us to read the copy. Mission accomplished.